As a Firefox user, you may be surprised to find the Current Version Plugin Google Update listed on your Add-Ons page. What is the purpose of this plugin? Can it be removed or disabled? We’ll shed some light on what exactly the Firefox Google Update plugin is and answer these questions below.
What is the Google Update Plugin?
The Google Update plugin may have found its way onto your Firefox list of plugins through one of the many Google desktop programs you use on Windows. If you also have Chrome installed on your computer, the plugin may have been downloaded along with the browser. You may have also downloaded the plugin through other Google products, like Google Earth.
There are two different plugins: Google Updater and Google Update. The former is installed during the installation of Google Earth and Google Pack, while the latter is a component of the Chrome browser and also Google Earth.
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What Does the Plugin Do?
The current version plugin Google Update ensures that both Google Earth and Chrome are searching for and installing updates continuously. You may notice the GoogleUpdate.exe file under Processes on your Windows Task Manager.
So, if the plugin only effects Google products, why is it installed as a Firefox add-on? The answer really has more to do with the way your browser works. Firefox scans your computer and the registry automatically looking for plugins. Any plugins it finds, it adds to the list without consulting you, the user. The good news is that the automatic plugin installation feature has been removed with Firefox 16, but if you’re using an older version of the browser, this plugin may still show up.
Updating, Removing and Disabling the Plugin
To Update: If you’re interested in updating the plugin, you’ll be disappointed to learn that there is no way to update it manually. It automatically updates when new Google software updates are rolled out.
To Disable: Disabling the plugin is simple, but keep in mind that this will not uninstall it. Navigate to the Add-Ons tab and locate the Google Update plugin. On the right side, you should see a drop-down menu. Select “Never Activate.” This will disable the plugin. For older versions of Firefox, simply click the “Disable” button.
To Remove: Removing the plugin can be tedious. The problem is that you will need to remove the registry entry in order to completely remove the plugin. However, it will only reappear once Google Earth or Chrome releases an update. Remember, the latest version of Firefox will not automatically scan your computer for plugins and add them, so updating to the latest version of Firefox is a simple and easy solution.
How to get the Current Version Plugin Google Update
It’s important to remember that the Google update plugin will not harm your computer or browser. Although it is strange for this plugin to be used with Firefox, there really is no reason to disable or remove it. Some users have had issues with the plugin in the past, but the latest version of the browser appears to have resolved the majority of these issues.
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